It’s a rare position for a young, up-and-coming actor to find themselves in, but Dayo Okeniyi has been in a tug of war between competing franchise reboot movies. Yes, young Okeniyi was being pursued not just by J.J. Abrams for Star Wars Episode VII, but by Alan Taylor of Terminator: Genesis. Both films are the latest attempt to keep their indomitable and historic franchises relevant, and both are due in theaters in 2015, but only will feature Okeniyi in a main role, and that’s Terminator: Genesis.
The casting of the actor was officially confirmed by Deadline who says that Okeniyi will play the role of Danny Dyson, the chip-of-the-old-block son of computer genius Miles Dyson. Deadline says that Dyson is a “Steve Jobs genius who figures heavily into the conclusion of the film.” That would makes sense if you recall that Miles Dyson, who was introduced in Terminator 2: Judgement Day, was the man most responsible for the creation of the human-hating super-computer Skynet. That Dyson was played by Joe Morton, and was killed during the raid on Cyberdyne Systems in Judgment Day, so Danny may likely be caring some resentments on that.
Deadline adds that the casting of Okeniyi is the last of the major roles for Genesis to be filled. Okeniyi will appear along with Emilia Clarke (Sarah Connor), Jason Clarke (John Connor), Jai Courtney (Kyle Reese), and Arnold Schwarzenegger returning as the titular cyborg. As for Okeniyi his resume so far includes roles in The Hunger Games and The Spectacular Now.
Call me crazy, but it will be interesting to see just what Taylor and Co. are doing with Terminator: Genesis: a recast Sarah, John and Kyle, Schwarzenegger playing an obviously older looking Terminator, and this new part of Danny Dyson now who will figure heavily in the film. What are they up to? Shooting on Genesis is scheduled to begin later this year in Louisiana and is intended to be the first in a new trilogy.
More news as it develops.